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Re: binaryXML, marshalling, and and trust boundaries

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 19:26:37 -0800
Message-ID: <3DEC246D.5050901@textuality.com>
To: Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>
Cc: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>, www-tag@w3.org

Michael Mealling wrote:

> So imagine what you would want to do to XML if DNS version 2.0 had to
> use it but still had to maintain its current 'network footprint' and
> client/server interaction methods. 
> 
> Also, to be clear, this isn't for the wireless world, its for the
> current internet but at a scale that HTTP over TCP simply can't touch.

So you are hypothesizing that there is a method for compressing 
arbitrary XML that will do a good job on this particular application and 
also span a broad-enough range of usefulness that it's cost-effective 
for W3C or IETF or someone to invest in standardizing it?

BTW, does WBXML as it stands meet your needs?

Another approach would be to define a custom binary format for the needs 
of your application and provide a canonical mapping to a well-defined 
format for purposes of interchange outside the application.  Because 
it's not obvious that XML is well-suited to the needs of the application 
you describe. -Tim
Received on Monday, 2 December 2002 22:26:37 GMT

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